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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Review of "Belle & Sebastian Write About Love"


Stuart Murdoch and friends are back. After some time doing other projects and "having lives," the crew has reunited for Write about Love. Written and recorded in a short span of time after touring, this album is, well, everything you expect from a Belle and Sebastian album. That, of course, is a double-edged sword.

The album is, per usual, full of wit and catchy, well-written songs. "Come On Sister" is a personal favorite, as well as "I Want the World to Stop" and "Write About Love." Norah Jones is featured on a very good song, as well, and her whispy and creme-y voice works very well with Murdoch's.

Before this album, Murdoch gave us The Life Pursuit. It was an incredible album, and though it was full of the positives expected from the group, it also had a nice and welcomed stylistic shift. Write about Love has no such shift- it sounds like if Dear Catastrophe Waitress and Tigermilk had a baby- and where the hell did the funk go? Also playing into Belle & Sebastian cliches and tropes, occasionally, are the lyrics: love is like a blossoming flower, yeah, but it just causes listeners to cringe when said on this album.

Overall, its a solid listen. There is enough here to enjoy the album, but some people are just getting bored of it all, I guess. I write this review with a might bit of regret- I think we need a group like B&S around to just keep pumping out good tunes while other groups do the experimenting. But this album feels like Stuart has lost the effort he put forth on records like Waitress and Tigermilk.

29 comments:

  1. will have to check this album out! thanks!

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  2. Definitely! If you are fan of B and S, they will supply what ya need

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  3. Love Belle and Sebastian. Downloaded this but haven't given it a listen yet. Def already like your blog though, check out mine I plan on also reviewing Indieish albums eventually =p

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  4. I might check it out, though i normally dont listen to this kind of music..but interesting post.

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  5. I really loved some of the early B & S releases. Now they are just a bit meh..

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  6. I don't quite like it, but I do like your blog, keep up the good work.

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  7. Ehh... Cheesy lyrics kind of irritate me lol. But Ill give them a listen.

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  8. excellent post, really enjoyed it

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  9. Very nicely written. Youtubing this artist now!

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  13. Hey thanks for the comment! I'm publishing my first commentary right now. But it's going to take an hour or so to upload.

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  14. looking forward to the next update...

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  15. always looking forward to new music. my taste is pretty open so i'll be following your blog.

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  16. cool musis dont know much about it myself.

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  17. Good read here, keep me updated!

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  18. If i can find french version, i'm gonna read it.

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  19. Lovesongs only work for me when im actually in love

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